First Shift Program

Canadian Tire First Shift Program

Launched in 2012, Grow the Game is a global initiative to add 1 million new players the game of hockey by 2022, with Canada serving as the starting point of those efforts.  Hockey in Canada has experienced historically low participation growth rates over the last few years, and today approximately 90% of Canadian families and their children choose not to play hockey.

Canadian Tire First Shift Program

The goal is to change the way hockey is offered.  Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our community, First Shift, and it’s follow-along, Second Shift, have been designed to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, FUN

The Mississauga Hockey League, in partnership with Bauer and Hockey Canada, has offered this program since 2014.  Starting in the 2019-2020 season, First Shift has been offered by our 6 Area Association partners (Applewood, Erindale, Heartland, Lorne Park Clarkson, Meadowvale and Port Credit).  For 2022-24, the Area Associations will again be offering the First Shift program across Mississauga.  Details are outlined below and registration, commencing on June 1st, 2023, can be done at

Lorne Park
Clarkson Wild
Port Credit
Welcome Event Sat Oct 14, 2023 Sat Oct 14, 2023 Sat Oct 14, 2023 Sun Oct 15, 2023 Sun Oct 15, 2023 Sun Oct 15, 2023
  11:00am 3:00pm 1:00pm 1:00pm Time tba Time tba
  Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena Tomken Arena
On-Ice Sessions
(6 in total)
Oct 28/29 – Dec 2/3 Oct 28/29 – Dec 2/3 Oct 28/29 – Dec 2/3 Oct 28/29 – Dec 2/3 Oct 28/29 – Dec 2/3 Oct 28/29 – Dec 2/3
Time tba tba tba tba tba 4:00pm
Venue Name tba Erin Mills Twin Arena Paramount Fine
Foods Centre
Clarkson Arena Meadowvale
Huron Park Arena
Venue Address tba 3205 Unity Dr. 5500 Rose Cherry Place 2475 Truscott Dr. 2160 Torquay Mews 830 Paisley Blvd. W.

Cost for the program is $299 and includes a full set of equipment (from Bauer), and six weeks of on-ice training.

The Welcome Event (as referenced above) is very important to attend as this is when your child will be fitted for, and receive his or her equipment.  It’s also an opportunity to meet some folks from Hockey Canada, Bauer, and the MHL Area Association who will be putting on the on-ice sessions for your players.

So, if you have a child (or know a child), aged 6-10, who might be interested in giving hockey a try, has never played organized hockey before, and you’re a Mississauga resident, let’s get you signed up!

And in case you’re wondering, yes, we do offer a “Second Shift” program for those players who wish to continue-on after First Shift.  Second Shift is a transitional program that builds on the skills learned in First Shift and prepares the player to join our League.  Details re Second Shift will be provided during the First Shift program.

Further details re the First Shift program can be found at